Les normes comptables comme institution du capitalisme.Une analyse du passage aux normes IFRS en Europe à partir de 2005


Sociologie du Travail

July-September 2005, vol. 47, n°3, pp.362-382

Departments: Accounting & Management Control

In 2002, the European Union changed direction from its past efforts to harmonise European accounting systems and turned instead to a subcontractor, requiring listed European companies to adopt accounting standards drawn up by a private London-based organisation, the IASB (International Accounting Standards Board), which had until then had no public mandate. This decision was all the more significant because the EU has no institutional means of control over the IASB, although it was the first geographical group to decide to impose these standards on its businesses. IASB standards are rooted in the 'anglo-saxon' tradition of standardisation for the financial markets, and the view of the enterprise they promote diverges from the accounting traditions of continental European capitalism. This article shows how the new standards are transforming the concept of enterprise, and examines the span of factors that brought about what is a major institutional change for European capitalism. ' Special issue: New patterns of institutions